New York vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preview: Five Giants to Watch

Five Players Who Need to Play Better for the Giants to Earn Their First Victory of 2013

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COMMENTARY | The New York Giants (0-4) host the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) in a game that might give some hope to the winning team in the awful NFC East. Here are five Giants' players to watch on Sunday.

1. Jason Pierre-Paul -- The Giants' best defensive lineman has only one sack in four games and has been a non-factor. Pierre-Paul, who had offseason back surgery, usually faces double teams. Last Sunday, however, the Kansas City Chiefs matched left tackle Branden Albert with him one-one-one, and Pierre-Paul was still unable to generate a pass rush.

"I'm pretty slow off the ball as I watch on film. I've got to correct that," Pierre-Paul said this week. "I don't think it's the back. I've got to get back to that mentality of getting off the ball, getting up off my stance quicker."

The Giants are last in the league with four quarterback sacks. They need Pierre-Paul to rediscover his pass-rushing skills ASAP.

2. David Wilson -- The 2011 first-round draft has yet to have a breakout game this season as the Giants' No. 1 running back. He has only 130 yards on 38 carries thus far in 2013 (3.4 yards per carry). The Giants waived his backup, Da'Rel Scott, this week so Wilson figures to get an increased workload. The Giants need big plays from the young speedster.

3. Steve Weatherford -- Normally one of the league's best directional punters Weatherford has struggled with both the height and accuracy of his punts this season. After the Giants surrendered an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown to KC's Dexter McCluster last Sunday, head coach Tom Coughlin was critical of his punter. The Giants are surrendering an astounding 22.1 yards per punt return through four games. Weatherford needs to begin doing something about that.

4. Hakeem Nicks -- Two weeks ago Nicks complained that he couldn't throw the ball to himself after being targeted just once in a 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He was targeted nine times in Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but dropped three deep passes that could have swung momentum in favor of the Giants.

5. Will Beatty -- The Giants signed the left tackle to a 5-year, $37.5-million deal in the offseason. Thus far, he has not lived up to the deal. Beatty has surrendered four sacks, allowed 20 pressures on Eli Manning and committed four penalties in four games. The Giants' offensive line is a wreck and Beatty is supposed to be its best player. He needs to start playing that way.

-- Ed Valentine is editor of Big Blue View, covering the Giants for SB Nation.

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